Ebike holiday in the Cabo de Gata

E bike in a lane in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata

E bike in a lane in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata

Earlier this year we mentioned that a small group from Ireland asked us to organize a holiday in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata using electric mountain bikes to explore the area. We are pleased to confirm that this holiday is going ahead. The dates are 30th September – 7th October. The first three nights will be in San jose staying at the Hostal El Dorado, http://www.hostal eldorado.com and the last four nights at Hotel Cala Grande, Las Negras, http://www.calagrande.es. We can offer a cheaper accommodation option at Las Negras basic apartments. The bikes will be Swiss made Flyer off road electric bikes.

Swimming pool at Hotel Cala Grande

Swimming pool at Hotel Cala Grande

Each day there will be excursions with guide around the Parque Natural. If any body from Spain or other countries would like to join the group we  can accommodate a few more people. Contact dig merry@gmail.com.

 

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R.I.P. Charlie 1/4/2000 – 10/8/2014

Charlie on the Estepa 2012

Charlie on the Estepa 2012

Our Jack Russell, Charlie, died peacefully last night in our garden under a star filled sky lit by the full moon. He had been losing weight and energy over the last couple of months and was diagnosed as having kidney failure. There is no cure for this but the vet put him on a high calorie, low protein diet and pills to reduce his metabolism. On Friday he asked to return home early from his morning walk and ate little. Yesterday he showed little interest in anything and would not eat. We felt his systems were shutting down.

Charlie as a puppy in our garden in Truro with our old Staffy, Biffa

Charlie as a puppy in our garden in Truro with our old Staffy, Biffa

Charlie was born in St.Agnes and we acquired him as a puppy. He lived with us in Truro until we moved to Spain in December 2002. He has had a great life here. In the mountains of Los Guajares he chased wild boar, in the olive groves of Loja he hunted rabbits, and he loved his long walks around the coast and hills of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. He was also very sociable and enjoyed going into Spanish villages and meeting up with the local dogs for a good sniff and leg-cock.

Cooling off at El Playazo earlier this year

Cooling off at El Playazo earlier this year

Although he enjoyed walking along the beaches he was not keen on the sea but liked to cool off at the water’s edge. Above is the last photo we took of him which was taken earlier this year at El Playazo de Rodalquilar.

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Beneath the waves

White Bream

White Bream

The conditions here have been ideal for snorkeling during the last few days. The sea has been clear and not a Medusa (jellyfish) in sight. I took these photos off El Playazo yesterday (first two) and Las Negras this afternoon.

Cow Bass

Cow Bass

Cow Bass are the easiest to photograph as they are usually in a shoal.

Dragonet

Dragonet

The Dragonet was difficult to spot but at least it stayed still on a rock on the sea bed.

Ornate Wrasse

Ornate Wrasse

The Colourful fish is an Ornate Wrasse. These are difficult to photograph as they move quickly and with agility. They are also not shoal fish.

Ornate Wrasse

Ornate Wrasse

The quality of the photos is not great because they were taken with a small, waterproof compact camera but they are interesting.

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Summer Sunday at San Pedro

Cala de San Pedro this morning

Cala de San Pedro this morning

Sunday is the busiest day for the beaches of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata when holiday makers are supplemented by day visitors from the towns inland. San Pedro is a good option for avoiding the crowds.
Keeping fit on the beach

Keeping fit on the beach

Access to this idyllic cove is by boat or an hour long walk in the heat over the cliffs from Las Negras and, although the water taxis bought visitors from Las Negras and yachts moored in the bay, we encountered very few walkers when we set out this morning.
At the water's edge, San Pedro

At the water’s edge, San Pedro

The sea was calm and clear, perfect for swimming and the best conditions so far this year.
Sunshades

Sunshades

We think these photos capture the atmosphere.

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Izzy and Ellie on holiday

Izzy in the garden

Izzy in the garden

Our granddaughters, Isabelle (10) and Eloise (8), have just returned to England after a week’s holiday with us in Las Negras.
Ellie in the garden

Ellie in the garden

Here they are in the garden.
Izzy and Ellie on Las Negras beach in the morning

Izzy and Ellie on Las Negras beach in the morning

When you are their ages the main attraction of Las Negras is the beach and sea. In the morning.
Las Negras beach in the afternoon

Las Negras beach in the afternoon

In the afternoon.
Las Negras beach in the evening

Las Negras beach in the evening

In the evening ….
Las Negras at night

Las Negras at night

…. and at night.

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Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados

Vivir es Fácil

Vivir es Fácil

This charming film which won six Goyas last year has just been released on DVD. Vivir es Fácil was filmed in Almeria, mostly around the old fishermen’s and salt worker’s cottages close to La Iglesia de las Salinas near the Faro de Cabo de Gata.

La Iglesia de Las Salinas

La Iglesia de Las Salinas

The story, set in 1966, is about a Spanish schoolteacher who uses the lyrics of Beatles songs to teach his students English. When he hears that John Lennon is filming in Almeria he sets off on a mission to meet him and on his way picks up two companions. A boy of 16 and a young woman of 21. We will not divulge more but the filming and recreation of the period is excellent.

Cottages by the salt flats

Cottages by the salt flats

The cottages above were the hotel rooms where they stayed.

The bar in the film

The bar in the film

This old building was used as the local bar. I took these photos this morning.

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Hats at La Paloma

A study in elegance

A study in elegance

Last week we posted a blog about the end-of-craft-course evening at Cortijo La Paloma, Las Negras, but we arrived a little late and missed the parade of hats which the guests had made. During the last week, a fresh group of holiday-makers from Holland stayed here and yesterday evening we arrived in time to see the hats.
Elena with red hat and a lovely frock

Elena with red hat and a lovely frock

Some of the women wore different outfits to go with each hat they had made. Above is Helena who chose this lovely dress to go with her red hat.
Petra on the catwalk

Petra on the catwalk

Petra was looking quite jolly in her creation.
Girls having fun

Girls having fun

The women evidently enjoyed the catwalk.
The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger

There was a lone male who sported his home-made sombrero.
Matching colors

Matching colors

This elegant lady knew how to show off her exquisite purple hat.
Group photo

Group photo

Finally they paraded as a group.
Talking about sculpture

Talking about sculpture

Afterwards the guests showed off the sculptures which they had been working on all week.
Level Eye

Level Eye

After food and wine, we were entertained by the local blues duo, Jan and Yvette “Level Eye”. Although they live here, they are also from Holland. A blurred photo in the dark without flash but it recreates the mood.
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